And-Ones: Ball, G. Allen, H. Thompson, Fultz

Sam Amick of USA Today raises concerns of LaVar Ball’s impact on Lonzo Ball‘s draft stock. A potential No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA draft, Lonzo’s elite skill-set has overshadowed his father’s “controversial style” thus far.

“Passing on the kid because of the father may not hold up well over time,” one anonymous executive told Amick. “There are players who come from more challenging family situations who have (done) quite well in the NBA,” another executive added.

Most likely, Amick concludes, LaVar can continue making brash, boastful statements “without the slightest fear” of it hurting Lonzo’s NBA future.

More from around the game…

  • Grayson Allen doesn’t regret returning to Duke for his junior year, Jeff Goodman of ESPN writes. While Allen would have been a first-round pick after his sophomore season, his stock has dipped to mid-second-round value after this year. “I knew with the decision I made, once I made it, I was going to live with it,” Allen said. “Obviously, I haven’t had the season I’d like to have. A lot of things out of my control happened. I didn’t know I was going to get injured three games into the year, reinjured later and all stuff happen in the middle…I didn’t come back for personal goals, I came back to be in the spot I am right now and trying to make another run for a national championship, and I’m still able to do that.”
  • After spending the duration of two 10-day contracts with the Pelicans, Hollis Thompson has returned to the D-League with the Austin Spurs, Chris Reichert of The Step Back reports (Tweet). Thompson had scored just 11 points over his last five games with the Pelicans.
  • The HoopsHype staff produced their latest NBA mock draft, with Markelle Fultz taking the No. 1 spot (article link). Regarding Fultz, HoopsHype wrote “no prospect in this draft is perfect, and Fultz remains on top of most scouts boards as the premiere prospect available,” before comparing him to James Harden.
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8 thoughts on “And-Ones: Ball, G. Allen, H. Thompson, Fultz

  1. rxbrgr

    That’s crazy that both executives said the exact same thing!

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  2. Habeeb Banana

    I’m crazy likes those executives. Does you want me to cookem up some schocolate chip pankercakes for you tomorrow?

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  3. Allen’s a pretty good player, just too small at 6-4. Pretty athletic, good vision and handles, but too slow for the 1, and too small for the 2.

    Ball is nice but that broken ass jumper wont fly at the next level. He shoots it like he’s still in the 10th grade. That’ll take away his quickness and drive to the hole because he won’t be the threat from outside that he is in college.

    I love the comprehensive coverage in the mock draft article, including the pro comparison. Nice.

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  4. Surprisingly a Bucks Fan

    Why do people feel the need to comment and criticize on EVERY post?

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  5. Please tell me what the comments section is for.

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    • Surprisingly a Bucks Fan

      not to criticize the writer because of a grammatical error on every post

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  6. dust44

    Lonzo Ball will b a very good NBA player. There’s plenty of players with ugly jumpers have good careers in the NBA. If it goes in u have to challenge it. Or he knocks down open “ugly” jumpers in ur face. He’s big long athletic and makes the right basketball play. Boston won’t take him. But the Lakers will

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  7. GoldenJabs

    The Celtics Media and Fans would slam LaVar Ball’s mouth SHUT fast.!

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